Utilities in developing countries are juggling a complex set of problems: How to extend electricity to those who don’t have it; how to deploy large-scale power generation to power economic growth; and how to pursue these goals while decarbonizing.
In this episode, guest host Lara Pierpoint talks to Kate Steel, CEO of Nithio, a finance company focused on off-grid clean energy in Africa. Kate and Lara discuss the options for separating economic growth from fossil fuels. And she argues that we have the technology to develop low-carbon electrified economies in developing economies; we just need to deploy it.
Lara and Kate weigh in on:
- The tension between expanding access to low-cost power and attracting investment in large-scale baseload generation
- Why off-grid solar is often more economically viable than diesel generators for rural electrification
- How canceled power purchase agreements have stymied the development of renewables and how to solve these financing challenges
- “Reverse” tech transfer from developing countries to developed ones, such as hyper-efficient appliances
- Options for off-grid power, such as lanterns, microgrids, microhydro, biogas and liquefied petroleum gas canisters.
- How transportation may leapfrog fossil fuels in developing countries with electric motorbikes, buses and cars
- Canary Media: COP26 players pledge funding to shut down coal plants
- Bloomberg: A New Era of Climate Disasters Revives Calls for Climate Reparations
- Canary Media: Expanding solar access in Africa through artificial intelligence
- Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy: Roadmap to Zero-Carbon Electrification of Africa
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